Frank Lloyd Wright's talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display during the engaging 1-Hour Panorama Tour. Throughout the tour we'll explore a number of buildings which are connected by outdoor pathways, essentially joining the indoor and outdoor spaces. This tour includes visits to areas such as the:
- Cabaret Theater
- Music Pavilion
- Seminar Theater
- Wright's private office
For a limited time a visit to the 180,000 piece LEGO model of Taliesin West is included on this tour! Not available March 9-11.
Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.
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Interesting and informative
|Lorelei44||Tue, Apr 21 10:15 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
I have visited the Frank Lloyd Wright studio in Oak Park Illinois many times and was interested in seeing how his vision would play out in the West. I was not surprised to find his ego and his talent alive and well in Arizona. The tour guide seemed very well informed but I would have liked a little more background on his first and second wife since they also played an important part in bringing him to this point in his life. Recommend this tour. If you have more time take the longer tour.
Well organized, interesting tour!
|EdwardMartin||Sat, Apr 18 10:15 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
We very much enjoyed our tour, in large part due to our excellent tour guide, who provided us with wonderful insights into the background of Taliesin West and the personality/character of Frank Lloyd Wright.
A excellent look into the mind
|Mlevene1||Wed, Apr 8 10:15 AM||Unspecified||20-29||Combination||Family With Children|
Very fascinating... A small peak into the work and vision of a great architect. Would love to see more... Next visit hopefully.
|ssybirski||Mon, Apr 6 10:15 AM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
Short but sweet and so informative!
one-hour tour is only a snapshot
|axxanna||Sat, Apr 4 10:15 AM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
I invited a good friend from out-of-town who has architectural interest and she was left without much to gain, since she already knew most of what was said on the tour. So if you just want the quick overview, the one-hour tour is fine but if you want to learn more aspects of the richness of the place, I recommend signing up for the longer, more in-depth tours. The history about the founder and his contributions are vast. If all that interests you, invest in longer tours.
Taliesen West Review
|Janetlbishop||Thu, Apr 2 10:15 AM||Male||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Very excellent tour. Our guide Sandy was very interesting and informative. The pace and information provided was excellent. So much so that at the conclusion of the tour we bought a book about Wright's life and went immediately to see the Arizona Biltmore. Very enthusiastically recommend this tour to all adults not sure if children would appreciate.
Great activity with teenagers
|Sbetcbs||Wed, Apr 1 2:15 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
We had an interesting tour at Taliesin West. My daughter and her friend were excited about the tour and the chance to see the property. The three of us had a wonderful experience. There was a negative, however. A couple had their three-ish year-old with them, as well as his stroller. He was very naughty and distracted from the tour. Why not have a minimum age limit?
F L Wrights Taliesin West not a masterpiece
|GRauh1||Mon, Mar 30 2:15 PM||Male||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
We had visited various homes of Mr Wright and this one was not worth the money we paid.
The lady docent rattled the vita of our" genius "down in 2 min and claimed she is nearly def, when she really wanted no interruption in her" lecture. "
This Place is not the crown of the world's greatest architect, so he claimed, and the work is done by novices in the building trade. They learned to build a straight wall and to do a decent welding on the fly. Most of the rooms are cave like and give no credit to the "master".
So I can not recommend this place, and you better spend 2h at the Heard Museum downtown Phoenix.
There we learned a lot and enjoyed our stay.
A definite must see attraction
|edggie||Sun, Mar 29 10:15 AM||Male||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Individual|
Relevant and fascinating in a beautiful setting. Will absolutely be back again.
|Taliesin1||Sat, Mar 28 10:15 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
We enjoyed the tour, and we'd like to come back and bring our son and his friend, but the one-hour tour is so pricey! $24.00 for a one-hour tour is pretty expensive. We sure enjoyed the tour, but we would have loved to have seen and heard more.
Our tour guide was very good.
- Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811.
- What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
- Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
- Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
- Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
- What about bad weather?
- Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
- Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
- All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
- Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
- Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
- Do you allow photography?
- Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
- Is Taliesin West open all year round?
- Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Panorama Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our Calendar of Other Activities for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
- Do you have a gift shop?
- Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm.
- What should I wear? What should I bring?
- We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
- Are food and drinks available for purchase?
- While we have a soda machine outside the bookstore, we don't have food available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
- Is there parking available?
- Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
- Are pets allowed to come?
- No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
- What about guests with special needs?
- Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Do you allow private parties or events?
- Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
- Do you offer large group tours?
- Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
- Can we do a private tour?
- With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.
The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.
Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.